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Victoria family wants a garden, gets a duck (video)

By Bianca Montes
June 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.
Updated June 29, 2013 at 1:29 a.m.

Diana Garcia, 51, and her husband, Senovio Garcia, 53, both of Victoria, with a duck-shaped cucumber they say grew in their garden.

If it looks like a duck but doesn't quack like a duck, it's probably a cucumber.

At least that's the case for a Victoria family who found a little something extra in their garden Wednesday.

Diana and Senovio Garcia always wanted a garden but never had the tools needed to turn their ground.

The couple finally gave in to temptation last year and invested in a tiller, bought seeds and began planting.

They said they really didn't know what they were doing.

By June, their corn was several feet high, and vegetables such as zucchini and other squash were in full bloom - but their cucumbers weren't doing well.

The cucumbers never shifted from yellow to green, and the hot sun quickly dried them out.

"I came outside to harvest, and I saw this yellow cucumber," Senovio said. "I thought, 'Oh, this one didn't do so well' because its head had grown into the wire fence."

Senovio cut the small cucumber free, and right away, he noticed that it looked like a baby duck. It even had a tail and a beak.

"I've never seen anything like that before," he said.

He quickly ran into his one-story green house with red trim, found his wife and told her, "Look, hun, we've got a duck."

The family's crops didn't do as well as they'd hoped, but they said their "Lucky Ducky" has inspired them to keep gardening.

"That little duck came out saying, 'better luck next time,'" Diana said.

The couple is already planning their fall harvest, which includes pumpkins they hope to be able to carve for Halloween.

They're both ready to try their luck again - and again, if necessary.



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